Pune Metro: Pune based NGO urge DMRC to consider issues raised by citizens about Metro Rail

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Pune: Pedestrians First, a NGO working on issues concerning sustainable transport and safety of pedestrians has said that there has been a lot of misinformation about the real issues and facts regarding the proposed metro corridor between Vanaz and Ramwadi.

In a statement, convener of Pedestrians First Prashant Inamdar said that an impression has been created that whereas the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has prepared an useful and economical elevated metro plan affordable for the city, some citizen groups are challenging the plan and insisting for an exorbitantly costly underground metro which the city does not need and also cannot afford.

The NGO said that DMRC are metro technology experts and not traffic and transportation experts. Issues raised are not regarding metro technology but these are area specific issues related to traffic and transportation and social impacts. Citizen groups and experts in Pune have raised these issues after detailed study of the DPR. Citizens as stakeholders and potential users of metro are well within their rights to raise issues about the metro plan. DMRC has neither agreed for meeting the citizen groups and experts to discuss the issues raised, nor have they replied to any of the letters sent to them. There should not be any hesitation on DMRS part to face citizens who have raised issues, Pedestrians First said.

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